Saturday 24 February 2018

The pleasure list: Sonya styles us for success

Sonya Lennon
Sonya Lennon
Japanese food
Willow jewellery
Baby giraffe

Sonya Lennon, top stylist and former RTE presenter and co-founder of the fashion brand Lennon/Courtney, is determined we make a brilliant first impression on any prospective work bosses.

Since she founded Dress for Success Dublin in 2010, it has supported over 1,100 women to develop skills in applying for and finding jobs, and developing their careers on an ongoing basis.

Indeed, 57pc of women supported by the organisation have gained employment, which is what we call a terrific sartorial and sagacious success.

And to mark International Women's Day which falls on Tuesday, March 8, Sonya is calling on workplaces all over the city to join Dress for Success Dublin's IWD campaign to help celebrate and advance the economic achievements of women.

This can be done by organising clothing collections and fundraising activities.

Ideas on how you can mark the day, along with tips and information on resources available to companies which take part, can be found on

Events taking place are expected to include coffee mornings, fashion shows, networking seminars and skills-sharing workshops.

Japanese cuisine will be whipped up in the castle

Fiona Uyema's love of the Japanese language, culture and cuisine began in Dublin City University where she studied Japanese and international marketing. She spent three years living in the beautiful village of Nishiyama located in the Japanese region of Niigata, and quickly immersed herself in learning all about Japanese food.

Following an introduction to her now-husband Gilmar, Fiona's love of Japan was irrevocably sealed, and the couple now have two sons. She's also now one of Ireland's leading Japanese cooks, and her first cook book, Japanese Food Made Easy, was published last year. She'll give a cookery class titled Fiona Uyema Japanese Food Made Easy in Howth Castle Cookery School this Friday, (Feb 26), from 7pm to 9:45 pm (costing €70). A Japanese meal including Irish ingredients will be created in the hands-on cookery class, and enjoyed with a glass of wine.

A gold vermeil and gemstone collection to mark a new shop

Oh joy for jewellery lovers (which is all women) with the news that Irish jewellery designer Chloe Townsend has opened the doors to her first stand-alone store for her jewellery brand Willow & Clo in the Powerscourt Townhouse Centre.

To mark the occasion, Chloe, the sister of actor Stuart Townsend, has created a new Willow & Clo Capsule Collection which honours the story of the brand from its beginnings - and which she hopes will celebrate the loyalty of her devoted customers.

The Collection includes two styles of earrings, a wrap necklace and a bracelet.

Each piece is made from sterling silver and is plated in 22ct gold vermeil, and features a striking gemstone combination of aqua chalcedony and green chrysoprase, a colour palette certain to carry you nicely from spring to summer.

An intricately designed cuff bracelet of intertwining willow leaf shapes completes the collection - and would stylishly complete many an outfit too.

Giraffe about in the zoo

Giraffes are the tallest of all living animals. They sleep standing up - but only for short periods, as they remain alert for predators. And each giraffe has its own unique pattern of coat markings like fingerprints for humans.

So why do you need to know this? Because Dublin Zoo is celebrating the birth of a male Rothschild giraffe. And now that the baby giraffe is well and truly up and about on his lovely long lanky legs, it's a good time to go visit him.

Indeed a baby giraffe can walk about an hour after it is born.

He'll probably be eating, as giraffes spend much of their day stripping leaves off tree branches with their tongues. And interestingly, his tongue will be a dark blue colour, as it is shaded this colour to prevent it from getting sunburned.

We're lucky to have a brand new Rothschild giraffe, as they are one of the most threatened of the nine sub-species of giraffe. Fewer than 670 of them remain in the wild.

Dublin is home to some 400 animals, including a new female Asian lion cub.

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